Andrew Matharu BEng(Hons), PhD, CEng, MIChemE, MEI
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Andrew Matharu, aged 47, joined Tower on 11 March 2013 from Westhouse Securities Limited, where he was Head of Oil & Gas and focussed on the small and mid-cap E&P sector. He has over 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector and commenced his career as a Petroleum Engineer with Chevron and Kerr-McGee. Andrew has extensive experience of advising oil & gas companies in the area of equity capital markets following a variety of corporate finance and equity research roles at Cazenove, Bridgewell Securities, Numis Securities and PwC. Andrew holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Sheffield, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer.
Eric Griffith BSc, MSc
Eric, aged 51, graduated from Imperial College London and University of Aberdeen and has over 20 years’ experience in Upstream E&P across the world. He has worked for major IOC’s (Chevron and ConocoPhillips) as well as independents (Burlington Resources) and joins Tower Resources after a seven year spell at Centrica Energy E&P. There he worked in the Business Development team and upon the successful acquisitions of Venture Production in 2009, and the Suncor Trinidad assets in 2010, he managed the integration of these businesses and was then appointed International Business Manager. Mr. Griffith has a technical background but has extensive experience in business development, commercial and asset management roles. These roles have covered exploration, appraisal and development projects in Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt, Algeria, Indonesia, across the Former Soviet Union and the UK. He has led representations at senior stakeholder and Government level to win bid rounds and has successfully gained approvals for Field Development Plans in PSC environments.
Andrew Smith, BA (Hons), FCA
Financial Controller and Company Secretary
Andrew, aged 38, joins Tower from Sterling Energy plc where he was the Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary for the AIM listed, Africa focused exploration-producer. There he worked closely on the company’s exploration assets in Kurdistan, Madagascar and Cameroon as well as managing the key financial relationships on the oil producing Chinguetti licence in Mauritania. He also worked on securing the company’s entry into Somaliland in 2013. Andrew spent a number of years working in the real-time passenger information industry before moving into the oil and gas sector in 2006 with Matra Petroleum plc. There he worked as the Group Financial Controller and helped facilitate Matra’s move into the Russian Federation as well as divesting its legacy acreage in Eastern Europe and participating in numerous equity fundraising rounds. Andrew also worked for Xcite Energy plc on the appraisal and re-development of its North Sea Bentley field. Andrew holds a BA degree in Accounting from Staffordshire University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.